Edgell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestry of the name Edgell dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in one of the places named Edge-Hill in England. More often than not, Essex is the family's home county.

Early Origins of the Edgell family

The surname Edgell was first found in Essex where the family name was first referenced in the year 1278 when William and Richard Eggell held estates in that county. Other early records revealed that some of the family resided at Standerwick in Somerset.

"Standerwick Court, the seat of Admiral Harry Edgell, is a handsome mansion, in the grounds of which are the remains of an ancient encampment, supposed to have been the connecting station between Bath and Alfred's tower at Stourton." [1]

Edge-Hill is a chapelry, in the district parish of West Derby, parish of Walton-on-the-Hill, union and hundred of West Derby, Lancashire.

In Staffordshire at Burntwood, "there are several neat and pleasant mansions, one of which is Edgehill or Edial Hall, a square brick building with a cupola and balustrades, celebrated as the house in which the eminent lexicographer, Samuel Johnson, opened an academy in 1736." [1]

Edge-Hill, near Kington, Warwickshire was the scene of the memorable battle of that name, which occurred in 1642, between the Royal Army, commanded by the king in person, and the parliamentarian forces under the Earl of Essex. [1]

Important Dates for the Edgell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edgell research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Edgell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edgell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edgell have been found, including Edgell, Eggell, Edgle, Edgele, Edgelle, Edgill, Edghill and many more.

Early Notables of the Edgell family (pre 1700)

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Edgell migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Edgell, or a variant listed above:

Edgell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Edgell, who arrived in New England in 1720-1725 [2]
Edgell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. G. S. Edgell, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • William Y Edgell, aged 42, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Mr. William Henry Edgell, aged 31, who settled in America from Teddington, in 1905
  • Mrs. George S. Edgell, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Stephen M. Edgell, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Edgell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Edgell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Edgell, aged 45, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]
  • James Edgell, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]
  • William Edgell, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edgell (post 1700)

  • Larry J. Edgell, American politician and former teacher, Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate
  • Larry J. Edgell (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Elected West Virginia State Senate 2nd District 2010 [4]
  • Beatrice Edgell (1871-1948), British psychologist, Head of the Department of Psychology at Bedford College in the University of London
  • Captain Edgell, British surveyor, notable for his 1801 survey of Pacquet’s Harbour, Newfoundland, eponym of Edgell Island, Canada
  • Sir John Augustine Edgell, British Hydrographer for the British Navy from 1932–1945, eponym of Mount Edgell, and Edgell Bay, Antarctica
  • Zelma I "Zee" Edgell MBE (b. 1940), Belize-born novelist, former associate professor of English at Kent State University
  • Vernon Edgell Bickford (1920-1960), American Major League Baseball player

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ South Australian Register 1857. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1857.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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